U.K., Scotland commitments boost wave energy developer

A renewed commitment to wave energy development, embodied in the British government’s Energy White Paper in May, has given additional encouragement to installation of the 250-kW AWS 2 wave energy project in 2008.

Operations Director Grant Bibby of developer AWS Ocean Energy Ltd. told the Scottish Marine Renewables Conference the company’s Archimedes Wave Swing prototype will be installed at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. AWS received 2.128 million pounds (US$4.16 million) from the Scottish Executive in February for a 500-kW project at EMEC. (HNN 2/22/07)

�It’s now widely accepted that wave power has a huge potential to contribute to the U.K.’s energy mix, as well as in other parts of the world, as a way to reduce carbon emissions and increase the country’s security of energy supply,� Bibby said.

The AWS spokesman said the U.K. government’s White Paper, offering to double the current level of Renewable Obligation Credits for wave and tidal power projects, was an additional incentive. (HNN 5/25/07)

�Building on our work at EMEC during 2008, we plan to construct our first mini-wave farm of 500-kW Archimedes units by the third quarter of 2009, expanding within 12 months to 20 units,� he said. �We expect to have installed over 100 units by 2013.�

AWS installed a successful pilot project in Portugal in 2004 and advanced engineering development of the technology. The company plans rigorous testing at EMEC to validate the technology’s performance in a range of weather conditions.

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